6 August 2010, Barisal - A vegetable vendor bags and sells cucumbers at a local market. FAO is supporting a number of initiatives to improve the productivity of crops, livestock and fisheries in the southern coastal belt - one of the poorest and most climate vulnerable regions in the country - through the introduction of new agricultural technologies, improved water management and strengthened market access. FAO Project: OSRO/BGD/801/SPA - Emergency Restoration of Livelihoods of Impoverished Households Living on Embankments and Affected by Cyclone Sidr. The overall objective of the Project is to make a significant contribution to the GoB's livelihood protection and rehabilitation programme in the cyclone-affected areas through the replacement of assets lost or damaged by Cyclone Sidr. The anticipated impact of this will be a reduction in the long-term vulnerability and enhanced protection of livelihoods of the poorest and most vulnerable households (i.e. the landless families residing on the embankments of rivers and canals) through the restoration of fisheries and small livestock production.